Pierre Laval Rises, League of Nations Fail, U.S. Embassy Destroyed

On This Progressive Day: April 18
Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France (1942)

Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Bolivia are established (1945)

The League of Nations is dissolved (1946)

Islamist terrorists deploy a suicide bomber to destroy the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people (1983)

A series of bombings by Islamist terrorists are perpetrated in Baghdad, killing 198 and injuring 251 (2007)

In Mexico, President B. Hussein Obama states the U.S. is a "full partner" in Mexico's fast and furious fight with drug cartels (2009)

b: Lucrezia Borgia (1480), Carlos Manuel de Céspedes (1819), Henry Hyde (1924), Samuel P. Huntington (1927); d: Josef Tiso (1947)

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